‘Don’t risk your life for a selfie’- Warning after people spotted on unstable cliff
PUBLISHED: 09:42 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:42 21 March 2019
No selfie is worth risking your life for.
That’s the message from a Norfolk coastguard after two people were spotted precariously close to beach-side cliffs at Beeston Bump in Sheringham.
Cromer and Sheringham Coastguard has issued a warning to anyone visiting the area to stay back from cliff edges, which are under constant threat of erosion.
Photographs taken from the beach below show at least one of the people was carrying a selfie stick, and they were both on the wrong side of a fence which is there to protect walkers at the top of the Bump.
Nathan Jonas, deputy station manager from the Cromer team, said: “Please, please, please - we can’t stress enough how important it is to keep back from cliff edges. No photograph or selfie is worth risking your life for.
“No need to put yourself in harm’s way. You can clearly see the cliff has a overhang.”
Mr Jonas said the people were spotted there on Tuesday, March 19.
He said there was an ever present danger part of the cliff line could collapse, which could potentially prove deadly to anyone standing on the edge.
Mr Jonas said: “We want you to enjoy the stunning scenery but the cliffs along the coastline are continually eroding, with pieces falling from them that can be just a few small rocks or as large as a car.
“It’s impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be.
“Periods of intense rainfall will often make cliff edges more vulnerable. We’ve seen a number of cliff collapses around the UK coastline in recent months. It’s very clear that cliffs are very unstable in places - there is no ‘safe’ place to be.”
Mr Jonas said cracks had appeared on the top surface of the Bump several feet away from the edge.
He said: “Don’t be tempted to go and investigate and don’t risk going to the edge to get a dramatic picture or a selfie.”
Mr Jonas added that people should also refrain from using the cliffs as short cut.
He said: “Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so and do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top.”
For more safety advice visit www.gov.uk/coastguardsafety
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